“You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.”
― Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes
There are gardens and then there are gardens - outer and inner. Both can be equally refreshing and can restore your soul.
Building an actual garden takes work: soil preparation, plant selection, cultivation, pruning, weeding, raking, and placement of garden furniture.
Building an imaginary garden takes work: clearing the chaos of your mind, cultivating thoughts of beauty, picturing all in bloom.
There are winters and then there are winters - outer and inner. Both can be equally depressing and can ravage your spirit.
Spring always arrives, just like daylight after a troublesome night. Imaginary gardens can get you through winter. You can begin building one by choosing a vantage point, like on top of a hill or stairway. From there, let your imagination picture how the ground will feel when you descend into your garden. Close your eyes. Take off your shoes. Imagine descending down a grand marble stairway that leads to a large open mountain meadow. When you get to the bottom of the stairs, let your imaginary toes touch the soft cool grass. What do you see across the meadow? Who’s there? What’s going on? From here, you can build an inner sanctuary over time that’s full of all that you love.
Now you have a place to go that no one can take from you, a place where you can always find refuge from the everyday stresses of life, no matter the season.